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Orchard Operations Manager at Kauai Coffee

This is an amazing opportunity for a candidate with a background in agricultural management!  Kauai Coffee Company cultivates over 4 million coffee trees on just over 3,000 acres.  We carefully cultivate and craft our coffee, from seed to cup, employing quality driven, sustainability practices.  The Orchard Operations Manager oversees the orchard related operations of Kauai Coffee to meet objectives by organizing, planning, directing, coordinating, and controlling resources in the cultivating, harvesting, and crop record keeping to produce and deliver to the processing plant sufficient cherry coffee for the annual harvest and ensure the ongoing viability of the Orchard.  As a key member of Kauai Coffee Company’s Senior Leadership Team, the Orchard Operations Manager collaborates, formulates and executes companywide strategic initiatives and annual company objectives.

Primary Functions and Accountabilities

  • Develop and motivate key subordinates to meet performance objectives and provide management continuity to ensure goal congruence and achieve daily productivity, weekly targets, monthly goals, and meet or exceed operating plan levels.
  • Establish sound plans and orchard operating practices to ensure continuous process improvement and attainment of required quantity and quality of coffee production.
  • Formulate and recommend capital plans and operating budgets, objectives and strategies for operations to identify cost savings and expansion opportunities consistent with total coffee production objectives.
  • Develop and implement an organizational plan that effectively meets the short and long-range needs of the orchard operations.
  • Develop a sound labor relation’s climate to foster total involvement, minimize work disruptions and increase productivity and ensure maintenance of management prerogatives.
  • Keep current on technical developments on coffee culture, harvesting, pruning and new cultivars to ensure improvements and technical progress.
  • This position is responsible to ensure that operations provide appropriate support to the company’s marketing and sales activity.
  • Must be knowledgeable of and comply with all Federal, State, Local and Company safety, health and environmental regulations and reporting requirements.
  • Cultivates an effective safety culture and safe working environment for all employees to minimize accidents and their related costs.
  • Responsible for the administration and compliance with all Company Rules, Policies and the Company/Union Agreements to ensure fair and equitable treatment of all employees and to maintain sound labor relations.
  • Represent Kauai Coffee Company interests in the community to ensure favorable reaction and support of production objectives and required changes in operation by maintaining working relationships with outside agricultural and/or service organizations.
  • Other duties as assigned

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the
essential functions.

Qualifications/Skills/ Knowledge Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Tropical Agriculture or closely related discipline.
  • Must have at least 5 years of post-graduate experience in agriculture operations. 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including strong presentation and facilitation skills. 
  • Competent working knowledge of MS Office – Word, Excel, Outlook, etc. and Windows-based computer systems.
  • Ability to use sound judgment in decision making and problem solving by utilizing resource material and communication with others to plan, prioritize and organize diversified workload, and manage projects.
  • Demonstrates critical thinking with a positive solution-oriented attitude
  • Demonstrated ability to adapt to change, and to handle multiple priorities and confidential information.
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently as well as in collaboration with others.
  • Must possess (or secure within 6 months of hire) and maintain for the duration of employment a “Certification for Private Applicators of Restricted Pesticides” license from the State of Hawaii.
  • Must have a current and valid driver’s license and maintain it for the duration of employment.

Please contact Nicholas Comerford nbc6@hawaii.edu for more information on how to apply.

*Kauai Coffee is an Equal Opportunity Employer


American Bird Conservancy: Director of Migratory Bird Wintering Ground Conservation

The Director of Migratory Bird Wintering Ground Conservation will be responsible for leading and
coordinating projects that to secure and enhance habitat for migratory birds at wintering and stopover sites in Latin America and the Caribbean. The director must deliver conservation results, create complex conservation plans and initiatives in collaboration with others, and generate financial and public support for conservation. The director will supervise the work of one staff member – our Wintering Grounds Conservation Specialist, who is leading ABC’s efforts to develop impact investment projects to deliver habitat for wintering migratory birds.

The director will need to be creative, persuasive, and think strategically and practically. The director must be able to manage, mentor, and empower others and build strong and lasting partnerships. ABC carries out its work through partnerships, so the director must be experienced in respectfully engaging a diversity of partners. We seek someone who is passionate about migratory birds, can share this passion with others to raise awareness about our work, and exhibits an entrepreneurial spirit in implementing conservation.

Primary Duties:

  1. Program and Partnership Leadership: Lead ABCs work on Migratory Bird Wintering Grounds to implement grant programs, including identification and management of wintering migratory bird BirdScapes. Coordinate with ABC’s regional programs in the USA and Canada, such that wintering ground work complements breeding ground activities to deliver full life-cycle conservation for migratory populations; and coordinate with members of ABC’s International Division on projects benefiting or focused on migratory birds occurring outside of the US. Represent ABC’s migratory bird interests among other alliances and strategic relations that benefit migratory birds through active participation in meetings, working groups or committees. Actively seek new partnerships and perspectives to inform our work.
  2. Project Management: Develop and implement projects that contribute to ABC’s overall strategic framework and annual plan by working directly with ABC’s partners in Latin America and the Caribbean.
  3. Science: Help ABC bring science to action. Implement projects and facilitate research to fill vital information gaps on species distribution and threats for conservation planning. Evaluate migratory bird response to implementation of conservation actions at project and landscape scales. Previous examples include providing monitoring protocols to measure migratory bird response to land management practices.
  4. Communications Outreach: Liaise with ABC’s Communications division to develop media content around relatable science, new discoveries, and ABC projects related to migratory birds on their wintering grounds and stopover sites in Latin America and the Caribbean.
  5. Annual & Financial Planning: Set goals and objectives for the Migratory Bird Wintering Grounds team for ABC Annual Plan and translating these into more detailed workplans for team members, as well as into annual budgets.
  6. Fundraising: Communicate with donors and potential donors to explain our strategies for conserving migratory birds and selling our programs. Work with ABC’s Development team to cultivate donors (individuals, foundations, government agencies), identify potential donors and grant opportunities for unfunded activities, and apply for funding to maintain and expand the program’s activities.

Position Requirements:

  1. Proficiency in Spanish is required. Portuguese and/or French a plus.
  2. At least five years of responsibility and experience in conservation or related wildlife management. Excellent background and understanding of conservation practices and trade-offs. Passion for birds preferred.
  3. Supervisory management experience preferred.
  4. Demonstrated ability to translate strategic, visionary ideas into functioning, successful programs and initiatives.
  5. Experience in working with partnerships, networks, or alliances. Demonstrated success in working with a wide variety of people and partner institutions, and in cross-cultural situations.
  6. Strong organizational and administrative skills.
  7. Ability to meet deadlines and exceed expectations.
  8. Excellent oral and written communications skills.
  9. Able to travel, sometimes to remote locations in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean.
  10. Highly committed to conservation and to ABC’s conservation mission (see www.abcbirds.org).
  11. Authorized to work in the U.S.
  12. Background screening required.

Please apply online at BambooHR: https://abcbirds.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=112
If you experience trouble, please send your resume and cover letter to HR@abcbirds.org


Laukahi Network Coordinator

The Hawaiʻi Conservation Alliance Foundation (HCAF) is seeking a full-time Network Coordinator for Laukahi: The Hawaiʻi Plant Conservation Network (https://laukahi.org/). The Network Coordinator will represent the collective work of the numerous government agencies, community groups, academic researchers, and non-government organizations involved in the conservation of Hawaiʻi’s native plants. In addition, the Network Coordinator will lead in communicating the value of conserving native plants, weaving partnerships among the existing conservation community, and leading the Network to meeting the targets in the Hawaiʻi Strategy for Plant Conservation (Strategy). The Strategy is based on the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation, developed by the United Nation’s Convention on Biological Diversity, but adapted to fit more specific conservation needs in Hawaiʻi.

Application Deadline: Review of applications will start on September 15, 2021

Application Instructions: Email cover letter, résumé, & contact information for 3 references: sugii@hawaii.edu

Please contact Nellie Sugii sugii@hawaii.edu for more information and to receive the full description and flyer of the position.


U.S. Carbon Cycle Science Program Student Assistant Opportunity

These student assistants will assist the U.S. Carbon Cycle Science Program Office Director in fulfilling the mission of the U.S. Carbon Cycle Science Program and the Carbon Cycle Interagency Working Group (CCIWG). This hiring action aims to inclusively promote the training of the next generation in interagency carbon cycle science research program facilitation and coordination, data analysis, science communication, management and science-policy disciplines, exposing students to opportunities unique to our interdisciplinary science and interagency programmatic needs and goals, as reflected in the 2020 Diversity, Equity, Inclusivity (DEI) statement of the North American Carbon Program. See details and submission links

To see more opportunities provided by the U.S. Carbon Cycle Science Program, please click here.


Biological Science Technician Job Openings (USDA APHIS)

Announcement #WSWR-2021-HI47, Honolulu, Oʻahu

https://hawaiijobsondemand.com/job_view.php?jobid=27663&keyword=biological+science+technician®ion_browse=&category=999

 

Announcement #WSWR-2021-HI54, Kahului, Maui

https://hawaiijobsondemand.com/job_view.php?jobid=27661&keyword=biological+science+technician®ion_browse=&category=999

 

Announcement #WSWR-2021-HI55, Kahului, Maui

https://hawaiijobsondemand.com/job_view.php?jobid=27662&keyword=biological+science+technician®ion_browse=&category=999

 

HOW TO APPLY: Please send all resumes directly to Shari Tada at Shari.tada@usda.gov. Do not submit through Hawaii Jobs On Demand.


2 Wildlife Technician and 3 Plant Technician Positions Available at PTA on Hawai'i Island

Wildlife Technician:

Attached HERE is the 2021 job description of the fence maintenance technician position. As you know, the job responsibilities for this position have shifted quite a bit and the job is more predator control and wildlife survey and less focused on fence maintenance than what is listed here. We still need a technician for fence surveys and repairs, but ungulate control, small mammal control, invertebrate control, vegetation control, and assisting with T&E surveys will be a big part of the job. We will be updating the official job description soon, but this lets you know what documentation we will use to hire the new technician and then change the official job duties within the next year.

The position starts as a 9-month temporary position, and I’m approved to hire up to 2 people. We cannot guarantee that the job will roll into a permanent position after the 9 months is complete, but opportunities do pop up often here at PTA.

Anyway, feel free to pass this along to anyone you know who may be interested. If so, have them email me and Rogelio (rogelio.doratt@colostate.edu) their resume.

Plant Technician:

Please see attached flyer HERE.


Urban Forestry Communications Assistant

We're hiring! The Kaulunani Urban & Community Forestry Program is hiring a communications assistant to help promote our Kaulunani community grant projects and programs. 

Please visit the Job Postings on RCUH.com and search for PCSU Urban Forestry Communications Assistant position #221495

Apply by October 7th!


The Nature Conservancy’s Hawai‘i Chapter: Natural Resource Manager for the Kauaʻi Terrestrial Program

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, our teams create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. 

The Natural Resource Manager (NRM) provides technical and scientific guidance for conservation priorities including field operations, data collection and analysis, conservation action planning (CAP), and measures of conservation success and reporting. The NRM also works with other resource managers, partners, landowners to build and sustain a collaborative approach toward management activities across the island. Activities include alien animal and plant control, research, resource monitoring, evaluation of project sites, and partner coordination. The NRM leads or guides the development of long-range, annual, and specific management and conservation plans and budgets, and negotiates and manages contracts to accomplish management objectives. The NRM oversees safety protocols and training for field staff and volunteers. The NRM is responsible for maintaining records of management plans and budgets, management activities, and scientific information, including resource and threat monitoring and research conducted by other partners. The NRM assists with fundraising and community outreach. Some weekend work is required. The NRM will supervise Field Coordinators, Field Technicians, volunteers, and interns.  

TO APPLY:

Internal applicants should apply via PeopleSoft, and external applicants via TNCs career website.  Reference job #50373.  Please indicate in your cover letter how you meet each of the minimum qualifications.  The deadline to apply is October 20, 2021.  Applications will be reviewed in the order they are received and the position will remain open until filled.


DLNR - Hydrologist

The Commission on Water Resource Management is hiring to fill vacant positions, including a Hydrologist III position to work in the Stream Protection and Management Branch.

You don't need to be a hydrologist, rather anyone interested in hydrological sciences with a background in geology, freshwater resources, stream ecology/biology, and/or environmental sciences. Skills in data collection, ecology-related fieldwork, data management, GIS, data synthesis and analysis are needed. Interisland travel is necessary with hiking/fieldwork involved.

We are looking for someone who wants to be rooted in Hawaii and wants to make a tangible difference in water resource management.

Recent or about to be undergraduate or graduates in Hawaii please apply!

See description for Hydrologist III


Wildlife Service’s is hiring for two Biological Science Techs

One will be based out of Kapolei, Oahu and is entry level (grade 3,4,5) and the other will be based out of Kapalua, Maui (grade 4,5,6). Both close October 17. Please see job announcement and details at:

 

Announcement #WSWR-2021-HI48

https://hawaiijobsondemand.com/job_view.php?jobid=27706&keyword=biological+science+technician&region_browse=&category=999

 

Announcement #WSWR-2021-HI56

https://hawaiijobsondemand.com/job_view.php?jobid=27705&keyword=biological+science+technician&region_browse=&category=999

 

HOW TO APPLY: Please send all resumes directly to Shari Tada at Shari.tada@usda.gov. Do not submit through Hawaii Jobs On Demand.


 

List of Internship Opportunities that can be used towards NREM Internship Experience requirement (NREM 492):


Seabird Restoration Internship with Pacific Rim Conservation

We are in search of passionate individuals interested in gaining experience in the avian care and seabird conservation field. Interns will be exposed to all aspects of the daily care of the translocated chicks with an emphasis on daily cleaning and food preparation. Interns will also gain training on seabird social attraction techniques and aspects of habitat restoration, including out-planting and predator control. Interns will go through and initial orientation to gain a basic understanding of avian husbandry in the conservation field and continue to refine these skills throughout the internship.  Interns will also shadow members of the PRC Animal Care team throughout the duration of the internship to learn through observation about avian care, feeding and holding techniques.

Essential Responsibilities:

You will be based with our Seabird Translocation team for the majority of your internship.  Your responsibilities will include (but are not limited to):

  • Diet Preparation​
  • Daily and weekly cleaning tasks
  • Assisting in care of the translocated chicks
  • Field maintenance/ Habitat restoration
  • Animal Observations
  • Data Collection
  • Assisting in Educational Outreach

Requirements:

  • Must have a great attitude, be willing to work hard and be an asset to our small team
  • Must be a self-starter and be self motivated
  • Must commit to staying the duration of the project (outlined below)
  • Must commit to 28 hours a week, 7 hours a day, starting at 7:00 AM
  • Must have completed at least two years of undergraduate education in a Biology or Conservation related field
  • Must have strong communication skills and ability to interact with a diverse audience
  • Able to lift 50 pounds
  • May be asked to work holidays

Dates and Location:

​Start Date: February 1st 2022
End Date: July 2nd 2022
Application Due Date: October 30th 2021
Internship Location: You will be based with our Seabird Translocation Team at the James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge, Kahuku, Hawaii (1 hour from Honolulu)

How to Apply:
Click here to submit your resume, cover letter and contact information for two references. 

If you have any questions/ concerns or problems with your application please contact:
Leilani@pacificrimconservation.org with the subject heading, “Seabird Restoration Internship 2021”


Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii

Internship opportunities are available at Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii. Internship dates are flexible. Students are asked to commit to 10 hours a week for a minimum of 2 months.

The application is via Typeform: https://info439374.typeform.com/to/HXtO3Ywl 

Please contact rachael@sustainablecoastlineshawaii.org if you have any questions.

Sustainable Coastlines Hawaiʻi (SCH) is a local nonprofit based on Oʻahu with a mission to inspire local communities to care for their coastlines. We do this through hands-on beach cleanups, plastic pollution education, and waste diversion services. You can find more information about our organization here.

We are looking for the following positions: 

COMMUNICATIONS INTERNSHIP:

A creative, self-motivated, and organized Communications InternThis intern will assist the communications manager with media coverage and outreach, volunteer and donor communication, and keeping our online systems organized. To apply for the Communications Internship, please fill out this form.

SOCIAL MEDIA INTERNSHIP:

A creative, innovative, and organized Social Media Intern. This person will assist the communications manager in expanding social media reach and exploring ways to engage with new and existing followers. To apply for the Social Media Internship, please fill out this form.

VIDEO PRODUCTION INTERNSHIP:

A creative, innovative, and self-motivated Video Production Intern. This person will assist the communications manager in cleanup and event coverage, producing videos for the SCH YouTube channel, as well as short-form videos for brand awareness. To apply for the Video Production Internship, please fill out this form. 

MERCHANDISE INTERSHIP:

A creative, motivated, and organized Merchandise Intern. This person will assist the communications manager and operations manager with growing product sales by creating an online merchandise shop on the Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii website. To apply for the Merchandise Internship, please fill out this form.


The Mānoa Political Internship Program is accepting applications for Spring 2022 internships until October 15, 2021!

For more information, please see the Mānoa Political Internships website and Spring 2022 flyer

The Mānoa Political Internships are unique opportunities for highly motivated UH Mānoa undergraduate students of all majors to gain professional experience working at the top levels of federal and state government while receiving an achievement scholarship to earn academic credit. 

Full-time internships are available with the U.S. Congress in Washington, D.C., as well as the offices of Hawaiʻi’s Governor and Lieutenant Governor, the offices of the Honolulu Prosecutor and Public Defender, and the Hawaiʻi State Legislature. All full-time interns will receive an achievement scholarship to cover 12 credits of resident tuition for the semester. Congressional interns will receive an additional stipend to cover the costs of travel and housing in Washington, D.C. A minimum 3.0 GPA and junior undergraduate standing are required to apply for full-time internships. 

Part-time internships are also available with the local offices of Hawaiʻi’s congressional delegation. All part-time interns will receive a small stipend. A minimum 3.0 GPA and sophomore undergraduate standing are required to apply for part-time internships.

Applications must be submitted by October 15, 2021 (11:59pm HST) via the UH STAR Scholarship System. Please see the Mānoa Political Internships website for application instructions.

Questions may be directed to Samantha Larson (Administrative Assistant) at mpin@hawaii.edu

Class presentations on the program are available upon request.


U.S. Carbon Cycle Science Program Student Assistant Opportunity

These student assistants will assist the U.S. Carbon Cycle Science Program Office Director in fulfilling the mission of the U.S. Carbon Cycle Science Program and the Carbon Cycle Interagency Working Group (CCIWG). This hiring action aims to inclusively promote the training of the next generation in interagency carbon cycle science research program facilitation and coordination, data analysis, science communication, management and science-policy disciplines, exposing students to opportunities unique to our interdisciplinary science and interagency programmatic needs and goals, as reflected in the 2020 Diversity, Equity, Inclusivity (DEI) statement of the North American Carbon Program. See details and submission links

To see more opportunities provided by the U.S. Carbon Cycle Science Program, please click here.


Division of Urban Forestry Internship Opportunity

The City and County of Honolulu’s Department of Parks and Recreation’s Division of Urban Forestry hosts the Community Forestry Program. This program aims to bridge the gap between the city and the community on maintaining Oahu’s urban forest. Learn and gain experience with the City’s Community Forestry Team to promote the preservation of existing trees, forestry education and planting for the future.

Additional information is available on our website: http://www.honolulu.gov/hr/pookela.html

Interested candidates may email their application to Debby Nishimura at dnishimura2@honolulu.gov by October 22, 2021 at 4:30 pm HST.


NREM Undergraduate Work/Study Internship at Makaʻalamihi Gardens in Kaneʻohe

Background:
Makaʻalamihi Gardens are located on 6 acres of property in the middle of the Kapunahala subdivision in Kaneʻohe, Hawaiʻi. This property has been in the family of Dr. Carl Evensen, former chair of the NREM Department, since 1897. Dr. Evensen’s grandfather, himself a horticulturist with UH Manoa, operated a nursery on the land and Carl grew up gardening on the site. Gerrit Evensen, Carl’s son, was a horticulturist as well and planted many unusual fruit trees and other flora throughout the grounds before he passed away in 2017. It was Gerrit’s dream to create a learning garden at Maka’alamihi and, since 2018 Carl and his wife, Stacy, have devoted their energies to furthering Gerrit’s vision. Specifically, it is their intent to become an accredited Public Garden as a way of honoring their son and his legacy.

Internship Scope of Work:
To qualify as a Public Garden with the American Public Gardens Association, one must document and maintain collections of plants for the purpose of public education and enjoyment. The work of the student intern will be to assist the Evensens as they continue to develop and manage their grounds as a Public Garden space. This will include using ecological landscape design methods to select appropriate species for planting, laying out pathways to foster access to garden spaces, periodic pruning, mulching, fertilizing and harvesting of the agroforest and other planted sections of the gardens. On the last Saturday of every month interested community members join in to help manage the grounds at Maka’alamihi Gardens. At each workday Dr. Evensen conducts a mini-workshop on various aspects of gardening and agroforest management. The student intern will be invited to join these workdays and assist in the mini-workshop as appropriate. Periodic public tours are also occasionally offered, and the student intern will be welcome to join these tours as well.

Timeframe:
The Evensens are flexible and will work with the student intern to set a mutually acceptable schedule.

Please contact Dr. Carl Evensen if you are interested (EvensenC@ctahr.hawaii.edu​)


 

Stewardship Mapping Position

Opportunity available on a University of Hawaiʻi / USDA Forest Service / Hawaiʻi Division of Foresty & Wildlife project focused on understanding enviromental stewardship as a social-ecological system. Geographic focus is Hawaiʻi Island and Oʻahu. Position is open to a Masters or PhD student in the Natural Resources and Environmental Management (NREM), Botany, Geography, Anthropology, Urban & Regional Planning (or other relevant department) either currently enrolled or applying for enrollment to start in Fall 2021. Position is a half-time (.50 FTE) 9-Month Research Assistant position, to begin as early as Sept 1 2021. Continuation is subject to satisfactory work performance, academic progress, and availability of funds.

Duties: Work with an inter-disciplinary team of faculty and researchers who are part of the Stewardship Mapping and Assessment Project to expand our understanding of the social and geographic landscapes of stewardship in West Hawaiʻi Island (North Kona & South Kohala) and two districts of Oʻahu (Kona & Koʻolaupoko). Activities will include: synthesizing collected data from West Hawaiʻi Island into a technical report; conducting follow-up interviews with survey respondents; supporting community meetings to share findings and co-creating products. The ideal candidate will also be able to work independently to lead a comparative study of stewardship on the two islands of focus, for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

Minimum Qualifications: Graduate student in NREM, Botany, Geography, Urban & Regional Planning, Anthropology or related field in good standing, with excellent writing, communication, interpersonal, organizational, and problem-solving skills. Enjoys working in teams, with community groups, and independently. Strong interest in environmental stewardship and biocultural conservation and eager to learn new skills and gain new experiences working as part of an inter-disciplinary team.

Additional Desirable Qualifications: Connection to or familiarity with the social-ecological landscape of West Hawaiʻi Island and/or the Kona & Ko‘olaupoko Moku (Honolulu and Windward communities) of O‘ahu --- especially with groups involved in aloha ‘āina work. Experience with GIS and/or social network analysis.

Minimum Monthly salary: $1,919.00 (GA-9) + tuition waiver

To Apply: Submit a letter of interest, CV, the names and phone numbers of two references for the position to: Rachel Dacks (rdacks@hawaii.edu).

Closing Date: Review will begin on Aug 27, 2021 and will be open until filled.


PhD Assistantship at North Carolina State University in Tropical Forest Ecology
 
Seeking a motivated PhD student to conduct forest ecology research in Mexico. The project will build on existing connections with community managed forests, and could include a focus on regeneration dynamics, resprouting ecology and coppice management, biodiversity, forest restoration, and/or climate resilience. The position is funded for three years and includes a graduate stipend, tuition, and health insurance. Ideal start date in January 2022 or September 2022. Applicants must be proficient in Spanish.
 
Desired qualifications: an undergraduate or graduate degree in forestry, botany, ecology, plant science, biology or a related field; experience conducting field research; classwork or experience analyzing data in program R; interest in forest ecology and silviculture.
 
To apply: Prospective applicants should send, via e-mail attachment, a brief letter of interest and CV (including GPA and contact information for three references) to Meredith Martin (mpmarti7@ncsu.edu). Materials should be sent by September 30th at the latest.
 
Women and individuals from other historically under-represented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. North Carolina State University is an equal opportunity, affirmative-action employer.


PhD Research Assistantship Studying Climate Change Mitigation Potential of CRP Forests

The Department of Forestry in the College of Forest Resources at Mississippi State University is seeking applicants for a funded Ph.D. research assistantship. The successful candidate will be advised by Dr. Austin Himes and work closely with many other faculty members in the Department of Forestry to assess the climate change mitigation potential of afforestation practices under the USDA Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).

The student will be working on a multi-disciplinary research project monitoring and collecting samples from CRP forest sites across the southeastern U.S. Forest inventory measurements and destructive biomass sampling will be combined with terrestrial LiDAR scans, high-resolution point dendrometers recording tree diameter growth and allometric models to improve estimates of carbon sequestration and storage by trees in these systems. Additionally, soil samples and greenhouse gas measurements will be taken at each site to account for other major carbon pools and fluxes. All field data will be used to calibrate key parameters of the DayCent model and estimate the climate change mitigation potential of the CRP tree plantings within the study region.

The successful candidate will be expected to lead a team of field technicians in data and sample collection, process soil and gas samples in the laboratory, analyze data and communicate results through multiple peer-reviewed journal articles, presentations at national and international scientific conferences and reports to project partners. The position starts January 1st, 2022. This is a 4-year position that includes an annual stipend of $20,000, tuition waiver and insurance.

Required qualifications:

  • Ability to meet all admission requirements of the Department of Forestry Graduate Program
  • Valid driver’s license or ability to get one
  • Masters degree in forestry, natural resources, environmental science or related field (exceptional students with B.S. may be considered)
  • Demonstrated excellence in English (written and oral) communication
  • Willingness to drive long distances for field work with multiple consecutive overnight stays
  • Ability to walk long distances encumbered with 30+ pounds of gear and conduct field research in challenging conditions

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience and/or strong interest in quantification and modeling of carbon stocks and fluxes
  • Experience or willingness to learn R-statistical software, python or other coding languages
  • Familiarity or interest in learning USDA NRCS sampling protocol and FIA protocol
  • Experience writing peer-reviewed journal publications

Information about the Department of Forestry at Mississippi State University as well as admissions criteria can be found at https://www.cfr.msstate.edu/forestry/index.asp and https://www.grad.msstate.edu/. Interested candidates should contact Dr. Austin Himes by emailing a cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications for the position, a resume/CV, unofficial transcripts and contact information for 3 references. If you have taken the GRE general test, please provide your unofficial results with your resume/CV.

Successful applicants will be required to apply to the Graduate School at Mississippi State University. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The application deadline for 2022 spring enrollment is December 1 (domestic) and October 1 (international).

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, disability status, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

Contact Information:
Austin Himes, Ph.D.
Department of Forestry
Mississippi State University
Box 9681
Mississippi State, MS 39762
Office: 353 Thompson Hall
E-mail: austin.himes@msstate.edu
Phone: (662) 325-4249


PhD Opportunity for work on Pinyon Jays

See link for info about an exciting PhD opportunity to work with Dr. Clark Rushing on Pinyon Jays in Utah and New Mexico!

https://www.rushinglab.com/links/prospective_students/

Feel free to contact Dr. Rushing or me (scott_somershoe@fws.gov) with questions about the project.


MS Assistantship at The College of Forestry, Agriculture & Natural Resources at the University of Arkansas at Monticello

The College of Forestry, Agriculture & Natural Resources at the University of Arkansas at Monticello is seeking applicants for a M.S. Assistantship available beginning January 2, 2022. The assistantship is half time and carries an annual stipend of $15,000 plus tuition.

Project: We are seeking an independent and motivated M.S. student to use remote sensing. Changes in land cover and land use are increasingly widespread and rapid and can have negative impacts and repercussions at the local, regional and global levels. Rapid urbanization has caused great change for land cover/land use in the Southeast U.S. because of economic development and population growth. The challenge is to develop methodologies to quickly identify and dynamically monitor the land cover, especially at a large spatial scale and over long time spans. Thus, reliable information on land cover is required to assist and help in the decision-making process needed to face the environmental challenges for decision makers and local stakeholders. The overall goal of this project is to develop a framework using remotely sensed datasets on Google Earth Engine (GEE) platform that can be used to regularly monitor land cover change as well as forest disturbance over time in the State of Arkansas, and to describe the spatial patterns of natural resources changes over the past decades in the region.

Requirements: Applicants must have a 2.7 overall undergraduate GPA or 3.0 GPA in the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate courses and satisfactory GRE scores. A B.S. degree in a natural resources-related field is also required. Applicants must have a valid U.S. driver’s license or obtain the same within 60 days of starting employment. Overnight travel is required as well as the ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions.

Application & Additional Information: Graduate program and application information can be found at https://www.uamont.edu/academics/CFANR/grad-degrees.html. Applicants must be admitted to the University of Arkansas at Monticello and apply to the College of Forestry, Agriculture & Natural Resources before they can be considered for an assistantship. Applicants must submit all GRE scores, official transcripts, a statement of interests, and three letters of recommendation. Please indicate the position number above on all application materials and inquiries. For additional information, please contact: Contact, Hamdi Zurqani, zurqani@uamont.edu 870/460-148. The position is available until a qualified applicant is selected.


 

Post-Doc Position in Quantitative Silviculture

The SilvaLab at the University of Minnesota Department of Forest Resources is seeking a Post-Doctoral Associate to support the data analysis for several ongoing research projects which include floodplain forestry dynamics (growth and yield including stand density tables, analysis of structural and compositional complexity at multiple scales) and individual species and forest community response to biochar (individual tree measurements, time series analysis, plant community measures of plant diversity, and below ground metrics related to soils). The individual will work in collaboration with scientists and researchers from the University of Minnesota and the USDA Forest Service. The position consists of (1) processing and analysis of different data sets of the projects described above (40%), establishment of data management, assessment, and quality protocols, (20%), and development of peer reviewed publications (40%).

The individual will use various analytical and assessment approaches to quantify metrics of stand structure, composition, and diversity across multiple spatial and temporal scales to develop increased basic understanding of forest ecosystems and applied knowledge related to forest management.

The position is initially available starting October 1, 2021 and is available for 1 year at $50,000 per year. Salary may be commensurate with experience.  The position may be extended depending on candidate performance and funding availability. The position will be located at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul with an option to work remotely upon request.   

Required Qualifications: PhD in quantitative silviculture, statistics, biometrics, applied forest ecology, or a closely related field. A strong work ethic, the ability to work independently and cooperatively with researchers and analysts, and demonstrated analytical skills and writing capability are required.

Preferred Qualifications: Experience working with multiple types of data including high-frequency data, spatially mapped data, long-term datasets; experience working with forest managers; proficiency in statistical models and programs (R, SAS, etc.), publishing in peer-reviewed journals.   

If interested please send your CV and cover letter to Dr. Marcella Windmuller-Campione (mwind@umn.edu). Please also reach out with any questions or comments. Formal instructions for the application through the U of MN system will also follow.

For additional information on the SilvaLab you can find us at
https://silvalab.cfans.umn.edu/ or @umnsilvalab on Instagram